Circle Divided
50" x 40"
Painting, oil on canvas
Signed and dated on verso: Charles Shaw / 1970
In Circle Divided (1970) the circle does not form because the two half circles are facing away from each other. Shaw links them with the black shape that seems to be pulling them together, perhaps against their will. Like an argumentative couple, the half circles try to unite, even though they have their backs to each other.

Spanierman Gallery, LLC
New York, NY

About the Artist
(1892 - 1974)
During his successful painting career, which spanned four decades of modernism, Charles Green Shaw skillfully explored several abstract idioms. A native New Yorker, Shaw’s early work was in writing; in the 1920s he contributed to publications including the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. During travels to Europe from 1929 to 1932, he gained first-hand experience with new developments in modern art, and began to devote himself to painting. By 1940, Shaw had developed the idea of the “plastic polygon,” a pictorial structure based on simplified architectonic and organic shapes combined with a Cubist grid. Shaw worked with variants of this concept in painting and in wood relief constructions. With the exception of a few depictions of simplified, angular figures in the late 1940s, Shaw’s work remained essentially nonrepresentational for the rest of his career.

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